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The Malware Museum

Mikko Hypponen

The Malware Museum is a collection of malware programs, usually viruses, that were distributed in the 1980s and 1990s on home computers. Once they infected a system, they would sometimes show animation or messages that you had been infected.

Through the use of emulations, and additionally removing any destructive routines within the viruses, this collection allows you to experience virus infection of decades ago with safety.

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The Malware Museum
by Mikko Hyppönen
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This paper categorizes different types of virus activation routines which are found in existing viruses and also discusses what triggers these activation routines. Common viruses are used as examples where possible. This paper also covers why it is important to know what a virus exactly does if you are infected by one. Some horror stories of the worst possible activation routine in a virus are also included. The scope of this paper is limited to PC compatible machines.
Topics: virus, viruses, activation, routines, routine, antivirus, user, mosaic, hard, machine, activation...
The Malware Museum
by Mikko Hyppönen
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This paper will discuss methods viruses use or might use in the future to attack anti-virus programs. Attacks of this kind are becoming more common, as virus writers seem to be constantly looking for ways to make their viruses more efficient and vigorous. This paper also suggests how to make antivirus products more resistant against such attacks. The scope of this paper is limited to PC compatible machines
Topics: virus, program, viruses, attack, vims, scanner, programs, code, retrovirus, resident, virus...